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EC: Uganda elections to go ahead, no mass rallies

 

Justice Byabakama

Stats ahead of #Uganda’s 2021 elections
✳ 135 Districts
✳ 257 Counties
✳ 296 Constituencies
✳ 2,062 Sub Counties/TC/Mun
✳ 10,029 Parishes
✳ 68,733 Villages
✳ 34,344 Polling Stations
✳ 17,782,594 Registered Voters

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Chairman of the Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) Justice Simon Byabakama has said the issue of postponing the 2021 elections has not occurred to them, because the constitution commands them to hold elections within a specific time-frame.

“Article 61, Clause 2 of the Constitution commands us to have elections, to uphold the sanctity of the article. It asks us to hold elections in the first 30 days, of the last 122 days of the last term of the government, COVID-19 or not, ” Justice Byabakama said, adding that “in those circumstances we must devise means amid challenges at hand to comply with constitutional requirements.”

He said as a result of COVID-19 therefore, no mass rallies will be allowed before the elections, and aspiring candidates will campaign using different media platforms only. “My appeal goes to media owners to avail opportunities to all the candidates for fair coverage,” he said at a press briefing on Tuesday..

Campaigns on radio and TV

Byabakama said the EC has been consulting with the Ministry of Health on measures required for an election to take place.

“After consultation with Ministry of Health, we have agreed on SOPS, and left out usual activities like mass campaigns that can be a danger. For voting, a voter must physically appear to vote, so we will also consider SOPS to enable this,” Justice Byabakama said.

NEW ROAD MAP

No Activity Period
1. Political Party and Organisations to identify flag bearers 22nd June – 21st July 2020
2. Deadline for resignation by public servants wishing to participate in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Committees Elections 29th June 2020
3. Nomination of Village SIGs (Older Persons, Persons with Disability and Youth) Committees Candidates (see attached

detailed for progressive levels up to National)

5th August 2020
4. Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral

Commission by aspiring candidates for Local Government

7th July 2020
5. Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral

Commission by aspiring candidates for Parliamentary Elections

11th August 2020
6. Deadline for establishment of academic papers with Electoral

Commission by aspiring candidates for Presidential Elections

1st September 2020
7. Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest  for

Parliamentary Elections

12th July 2020
8. Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for

Local Government Councils Elections

6th August 2020
9. Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for

SIG Representative to Parliament

7th August 2020
10. Deadline for resignation by public servants aspiring to contest for

Presidential Elections

31st October 2020
11. Period for nomination of candidates for Local Governments, including SIGs 7th – 17th September 2020
12. Nomination of Candidates for Parliamentary Elections 12th – 13th October 2020
13. Nomination of Candidates for Presidential Elections 2nd – 3rd November 2020
14. Harmonisdation of Campaign Programme and Signing of

Memorandum

4th – 9th November 2020
15. Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Local Government 28th September 2020 – 8th January 2021
16. Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Parliamentary

Elections

20th October 2020 – 8th January  2021
17. Conduct of candidates’ campaigns digitally for Presidential

Elections

10th November 2020 – 8th January  2021
18. Polling period for General Elections (exact polling dates to be appointed in due course) 10th January – 8th February 2021

5 comments

  1. Do the local council Councillors contestants need to go to Uganda National Examination Board for verification of academic papers and what are the charges?

    How much is the nomination fee for local council 5 Councillor?

  2. Do the chairmen local council three need to clarify there documents from the education ministry and how much is the nomination fee as chairman local council three

  3. Do village local councillors need to verify their academic papers and what qualifications is required for a village councillor

  4. Nkamwesiga.samuel

    If someone wants to contest to youth chairman at lc1 level, will he need to go and pick annomination form,and where will he be picking it from , how cost it is, will he have to stay with it or after filling it where will he take it thanks for the reply

  5. Nkamwesiga.samuel

    What exactly needed to aperson who wants to contest for ayouth chairman at the lc1 level,who should be responsible for making ayouth committee at the village,how many people are supposed to be making afull youth committee at the village thanks for your reply

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